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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 10,243 86.10% 9,486 75.48%
Spanish 345 2.90% 650 5.17%
Other Indo-European* 155 1.30% 263 2.09%
Asian Language** 975 8.20% 2,023 16.10%
Other 179 1.50% 145 1.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,897 100.00% 12,567 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 269 41.38%
Other Indo-European* 42 15.97%
Asian Language** 1,185 58.58%
Other Language 58 40.00%
Total 1,554 12.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116 33.62%
Other Indo-European* 19 12.26%
Asian Language** 511 52.41%
Other Language 39 21.79%
Total 685 5.76%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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